Court arrests business center in Kyiv belonging to Dragon Capital
The Pechersky district court of Kyiv arrested the historic building located at 98, Velyka Vasylkivska Street in Kyiv belonging to Dragon Capital investment company. The business center is located on a 10,500 square meter plot.
According to the unified register of court rulings, the ruling was issued on April 6, 2018 under a petition of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (PGO) in criminal proceedings launched in November 2017 against Irpin-Budproject-Plus LLC (Kyiv). The arrest bans the sale of the facility.
According to the unified public register of companies, as of April 19, 2018 the owners of the limited liability company were Dragon Capital Investments Limited and Dragon Capital Holding Limited. The ultimate beneficiary is Dragon Capital CEO Tomas Fiala.
According to the register, the new head of Irpin-Budproject-Plus Oleksandr Foschan was appointed on January 26, 2018 (the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine reported that the committee permitted Dragon Capital Investments Limited to buy the company on January 19).
According to the text of the court's decision, the abuse of official position by officials of the urban development and architecture department of the Kyiv City Administration and the unlawful issuance of permits entailing grave consequences as well as the forgery of documents and their use under a prior collusion by the officials of Irpin-Budproject-Plus LLC are being investigated.
According to the ruling, the building of the business center is a cultural monument (a residential building built in 1908-1910) and, in accordance with the information of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, the limited liability company had only a historical and town-planning justification for the rehabilitation of the building that is a monument of local architecture.
The Kyiv City Administration in 2009 granted permission to Irpin-Budproject-Plus to design and reconstruct the building with the construction of an office complex with an underground parking.
"The owner, starting in 2011, carried out construction work, which resulted in the destruction of the said facility of cultural heritage, and in its place a shopping center was built, while the local government granted permission to carry out the reconstruction," the court said.
In addition, according to the PGO, the company did not pay a construction fee in the amount of UAH 4.4 million to the city budget.